Monday, March 22, 2010


Huge Backfire Predicted

Reading Yahoo's homepage, I saw this posted as a lead in: "The landmark health care vote may backfire if Obama can't sell the plan to angry voters..

The story is here.
The initial blush of President Barack Obama's health care triumph immediately gives way to a sober political reality — he must sell the landmark legislation to an angry and unpredictable electorate, still reeling from the recession.

Voters may not buy it.

And that could mean a disastrous midterm election year for Obama and his fellow Democrats.

"We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people," the president said late Sunday, beginning his sales pitch from the White House one hour after Congress passed the sweeping measure.

"This isn't radical reform but it is major reform," he added. "This is what change looks like."
Does he really think he can sell this to us? Obviously a portion of the voters have bought is already. But, a portion is always ready to buy anything the leaders of their party put out.
This was rammed down the throats of the American people with as much cynicism, trickery, deliberate obfuscation, and budgetary tomfoolery as has ever been seen for a major piece of legislation in the history of the republic.

Not to mention the demonizing and hatred thrown at genuinely concerned citizens expressing their Constitutional rights. Do they think these people are going to go quietly? Not this one.

After his complete disregard for the rights and freedom of the people, and the wishes of the majority, the next historic event will be the Democratic losses in the 2010 elections.

There was enough demonizing and hatred to go around. Talk of death panels, dictatorships, secession and "baby killers" defined too much GOP rhetoric on this issue. Most of what remained stood firmly in "sky-is-falling" terms.

While I share many concerns about this legislation's effects and costs, those memes on the part of the GOP have driven me further "left" than I have been since high school. There is no way to erode credibility faster, in my eyes, from a party already suffering credibility issues after the last 8 years.

This is the first time in my adult life I have watched Republicans take the place of Democrats, and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
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